Following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, the flagship location of Martin Wine Cellar shuttered. The wine and spirits business maintained a smaller store at 3500 Magazine St. and its location in Metairie (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; www.martinwinecellar.com), and it added branches in Mandeville (2895 Highway 190, 985-951-8081) and Baton Rouge.
This week, Martin Wine Cellar reopens in its original location (3827 Baronne St.), following a lengthy construction project that began in April. The sleek 14,000- square-foot emporium will serve as a hub for the Martin locations. The market returns to a neighborhood blossoming with culinary activity, including local butcher Cleaver and Co. (3917 Baronne St., 504-522-3830; www.cleaverand.co) and nearby home brew supply store Brewstock (3800 Dryades St., 504-208-2788; www.brewstock.com).
Martin Wine Cellar was opened by David Young Martin Jr. in half of a shotgun double, which later was demolished to make way for a large store. The business expanded to a second location in Metairie in 1969. It is now run by David's son, Cedric Martin.
The new space will offer a variety of gourmet cheeses and deli foods, and there is a bistro kitchen that will serve lunch, dinner and brunch on Sunday. There is seating for 120 in the store's dining area and outside.